Shenmue 3 developer Ys Internet and writer Deep Silver have determined to launch the record-breaking Kickstarter sport as an Epic Video games Retailer unique on PC, an announcement that comes forward of Shenmue 3‘s launch this November.
The announcement was made as a part of the sport’s PC Gaming Present exhibiting at E3 this 12 months, and was adopted rapidly by an replace to the sport’s Kickstarter web page.
“In searching for essentially the most pleasurable expertise on PC, it was determined along with Deep Silver after a lot dialogue that the Epic Video games Retailer could be one of the best distribution platform choice,” reads that Kickstarter replace.
With that, Shenmue 3 follows within the footsteps of video games like Borderlands 3 and The Division 2 which have signed exclusivity agreements with Epic’s fledgling retailer. Even exterior of exclusivity offers, the platform presents devs an 88/12 income cut up (versus Valve’s conventional 70/30 for many video games) making for a beautiful storefront to many. And, since Shenmue 3 is powered by Unreal Engine, Ys Internet is probably going benefiting from the storefront’s promise to cowl the 5 % engine royalty payment for Epic Video games Retailer gross sales as nicely.
Whereas each exclusivity announcement appears to draw backlash on social media, that appears to be doubly true for crowdfunded titles. Outer Wilds, funded by way of the crowdfunding platform Fig, introduced Epic Video games Retailer PC exclusivity final month and was met with criticism from backers who had pitched in anticipating a Steam key and questions concerning the sport’s promised Linux assist.
The Shenmue 3 replace has already seen its share of feedback from backers that had needed the sport on Steam. Whereas the marketing campaign web page doesn’t particularly listing Steam as its platform, PC system necessities in earlier updates stated Shenmue 3 would require Steam to activate on PC. The system necessities within the newest replace name for the Epic Video games Retailer shopper as a substitute.